Driver’s education has been privatized, with many districts in the state choosing not to offer options at all.
Driver’s education can cost up to $600, plus costs if additional behind-the-wheel practice and funds to rent an appropriate vehicle to take the road test.
DPS locations make it difficult for those in Minneapolis and St. Paul to access the road test. Additionally, the requirement for the vehicle for the road test is a barrier for many young people.
Although DPS does not collect race or ethnicity data, national data serves as a proxy for seeing the disparities in our own driver’s license attainment.